Last month came word that “Saw” sequel and “Pacific Rim” scribes Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan had come onboard the film adaptation of Sony’s popular and acclaimed video game series “God of War”.
The first game followed the battles of the Spartan warrior Kratos, who squares off against mythological beasts including Medusa, Cyclops and the Hydra in his quest to find Pandora’s Box and destroy Ares, the God of war.
By the end of the third game, much of the Greek pantheon lay dead at Kratos’ feet. The game is famous for its graphics and imaginative environments, its often copied gameplay, and its doses of sex and extreme violence.
Now speaking with IGN, Melton and Dunstan revealed why they were hired to rework David Self’s existing script.
“The only problem with that [script] is it was written before Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans, 300 and Immortals, and those movies borrowed quite a bit from the God of War stories. It was just a little bit outdated, so we wanted to differentiate it from those other movies.”
The plan is to take something like Chris Nolan’s grounded approach to the character in what is essentially a prequel to the games – “we’re seeing him before he became the Ghost of Sparta, when he was just a Spartan warrior and he had family and kids.”
Said prequel however will only be short-lived – “In the game… there’s that attack from the barbarians and Kratos has to call upon Ares to help him. Really, that’s going to be our first act break. Before then, he’s going to be mortal, and he’s going to have his family. we’re going to learn about him and understand how he operates. So it’s potentially 30 minutes – give or take – of building up this character so that, when he does turn and becomes the Ghost of Sparta, we understand him as a human and we understand the journey that he’s going to take.”
Sequels are already in mind and so the film is being designed that way – “we’re emotionally invested, so that it could go beyond just this one movie. In the game, you know, he’s immortal, and he doesn’t really do much besides raid Athens. So we’re trying to build him up a bit more, too, so that he can become a true villain.”